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Armchair BEA Day 4: Going Beyond Your Blog

ImageToday’s Armchair BEA topic is moving beyond your blog by freelancing or writing for other sites or publications.  I barely have time to keep my own blog moving forward, but I love the idea.  So far I’ve posted reviews on two other sites (not for pay).  One is Laura Carroll’s Live True Books site, which I mean to go back to with other ideas.  She posts short reviews about nonfiction self-help type books, but since I’ve been reading a lot of those lately her blog is a good fit.  Carroll has written a number of books on not having children, a personal interest of mine.  The second site I’ve posted on is BlogCritic.org.  You can sign up to post reviews there; there’s some kind of selection process although it’s not clear to me exactly how that works.  You have to post your review on BlogCritic and then once it posts, you can post to your own blog as well.  I posted my review of The Sisters Brothers there a few months ago. 

Yesterday’s posts about networking have really gotten me thinking about whether I should try to post in local community papers or websites, or how I could work with bookstores and libraries in my area.  You can see I have lots of ideas but lack the time to really implement.  I always wish I was better at interacting more in the book groups on GoodReads or posting more reviews on Amazon but I just don’t get to it often enough. 

I recently took an online class on freelancing by writing magazine articles.  I’ve always wanted to publish essays or do something closer to journalism, and this sounds like a fun (although labor-intensive) way to do it.  I was surprised to hear that most magazine articles are written by freelancers, not staff writers, so there really is a market for all the things we know about and like to write about.  The flip side is you have to write lots of query letters and prepare for lots of rejection – or writing for free until you really establish some credentials. 

I would love to hear from others about what they’re doing. 

10 thoughts on “Armchair BEA Day 4: Going Beyond Your Blog

  1. That’s cool that you got to post reviews on other sites! And hopefully that class you took will give you the chance to do some freelance writing. I’m not particularly good at interacting on GoodReads either. I just (sporadically) track my reading progress on whatever my current read is.

    • Alley — I mean to participate in the groups more — I really like this Sword & Laser group — but even when I read their book of the month I just don’t get around to it. I guess we do what we can! Congrats on the two year anniversary by the way.

  2. I’ve been thinking of writing reviews for my local bookshop website. Anyone can do it, you only have to make an account. Thing is, most of my reviews are in English and they’re Dutch. Also, my reviews are suitable for a blog but rather long for other sites, and I would have to re-write. Still, you made me think about it – maybe something I could do.

    • That’s the trouble I have with Goodreads & Amazon — cutting down my reviews to a paragraph or two just seems to take too long. I like the idea of reaching out to local bookstores.

  3. I did some writing over at Blogcritics back in the early days and really enjoyed it. I think it’s good to get your name and work out there especially if you want to expand your writing.

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